Assistant Professor in European Translation Studies French/German University of California-Santa Barbara, College of Letters & Science - Humanities and Fine Arts - French and Italian United States

Assistant Professor in European Translation Studies French/German


  • College of Letters & Science - Humanities and Fine Arts - French and Italian



Open date: October 10th, 2018
Next review date: November 15th, 2018

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: February 28th, 2019

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.



Assistant Professor in European Translation Studies


The Department of French and Italian, the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, and the Comparative Literature Program are seeking candidates to fill a position of Assistant Professor in translation studies and translation theory, with additional expertise or a degree in comparative literature or the digital humanities. The minimum requirement in order to be considered an applicant is the completion of all requirements for a PhD in the relevant fields hereby described (or equivalent degree) except the dissertation (or equivalent) at the time of application. Candidate must have their PhD by the appointment start date, expected July 1, 2019. Candidates should have native or near native fluency in English in either French, Italian, German, or Russian as well as proficiency in Arabic or Turkish, or in a Central Asian or another Caucasian language. The ideal candidate will combine translation studies with promising lines of research in one or several other fields—such as postcolonial theory, feminist and gender studies, cultural memory studies, the graphic novel, children’s literature, adaptation studies, or visual culture. Candidates should have informed ideas about such issues as globalization, localization, and “glocalization”; about the institutional and ethical aspects of translating, and about the “translated” character of human cultures. Translation between media, such as text and film, should also be of interest to the candidate, as well as considerations brought to bear by stylistics, genetic criticism, reception studies, digital humanities, neurobiology, or the cognitive sciences. The Comparative Literature Program, with which the successful candidates will be affiliated, is home to the Graduate Emphasis in Translation Studies, which is open to graduate students from many humanities departments, and to the Minor in Translation Studies, which is open to all qualified undergraduate students; please visit our web site for more information:


All application materials, including three letters of reference, must be submitted online via UC Recruit at


Application packets should include the following (all in English except the writing sample): cover letter, detailed curriculum vitae, a succinct statement in English describing past and anticipated research projects (up-to 800 words), and one or two writing samples (maximum 30 pages each) and in either English, French, German, Italian, or Russian (with a substantial summary in English), a one-page teaching statement. Please arrange for three letters of recommendation to be uploaded directly to UC Recruit. To ensure full consideration, all application materials, including letters of reference, should be uploaded by November 15, 2018. Primary consideration will be given to applications received by this date. Inquiries may be addressed to the Search Committee at:


A first round of interviews will be conducted via Skype or Zoom in the second week of January 2019.


The Comparative Literature Program and the Departments of Germanic and Slavic Studies and French and Italian at the University of California at Santa Barbara are deeply committed to both research and teaching, and include nationally and internationally recognized scholars. Our academic units encourage interdisciplinary work and maintain close affiliations with other departments across campus, as well as strong interactions with the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center (IHC), the Graduate Center for Literary Research (GCLR), Programs in Medieval Studies, Translation Studies, Feminist Studies, and Writing Studies. We offer undergraduate programs leading to the BA in Comparative Literature, French, German, Italian, Slavic as well as MA/PhD tracks in German and French within the doctoral program in Comparative Literature; Comparative Literature also offers a Minor in Translation Studies, a Graduate Emphasis in Translation Studies, and a doctoral program in Comparative Literature. For more information, please visit our web pages at:, and


Our programs are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



Santa Barbara, CA



Document requirements
  • Cover Letter

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Research

  • Writing Sample

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service. 

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required



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